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PACE report on the Effective implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights: the Interlaken process

30/04/2010 – 1:45 pm | Comments Off on PACE report on the Effective implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights: the Interlaken process

The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has just published a new report on the Effective implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights: the Interlaken process (drafted by Mrs Marie-Louise Bemelmans-Videc, The Netherlands, Group of the European People’s Party). The report’s summary reads as follows:

The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights welcomes the …

The Case for an International Piracy Court

30/04/2010 – 9:08 am | One Comment

We have at several occasions here on International Law Observer raised the question of whether or not an international (ad hoc) court (could/) should be established to try pirates (see for example here, here, here and here). On Tuesday (27. April) the UNSC unanimously adopted a resolution in which a next and important step in this direction was taken. According to UNSC Res 1918(2010) the UN …

2010 Ruggie Report on Business and Human Rights

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Professor Ruggie, the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights has released his latest report – Report of the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights: Further steps towards the operationalization of the “protect, respect, remedy” framework.  The 2010 report continues to build on the protect, respect and remedy framework outlined in previous reports by the Special Representative – see previous post on …

ICJ delivers judgment in Pulp mills dispute

22/04/2010 – 10:38 am | 4 Comments

The Pulp Mills case arose from an allegation by Argentina that Uruguay had violated its obligations under the 1975 Statute of the River Uruguay and other rules of international law by the fact that Uruguay had unilaterally authorised the construction of two pulp mills on the River Uruguay, which forms the boundary between the two countries.  Argentina claimed that Uruguay had violated both the procedural …

Minority Rights & Indigenous Peoples Summer School, June 14-18, 2010

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Below you can find the programme of the 2010 Summer School on minority rights and indigenous people, organized on yearly basis by the Irish Centre for Human Rights (NUI Galway).
The aim of the course is to provide participants with an overview of the legal, political and philosophical issues pertaining to international human rights law and its relationship to minority rights and the rights of indigenous …

Reform of the Judiciary in Sweden – The Procedure for Selection and Appointment of Judges

21/04/2010 – 9:27 am | Comments Off on Reform of the Judiciary in Sweden – The Procedure for Selection and Appointment of Judges

The following text will provide an insight into a draft law on the selection of judges,[1] which is a part of the ongoing reform of the Swedish judiciary seeking to make it more transparent, make judicial offices open to a wider array of qualified persons and highlighting the role played by the judiciary in the constitutional system.
1.         De Lege Lata – On the Procedure for …

Twelfth Summer Session of Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law

20/04/2010 – 12:39 pm | 3 Comments

The Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law (SLS) welcomes applications for its Twelfth Summer Session, under the title “Handling the results of the first Review Conference – Success and failures equally obliging to continue consolidating and amending international criminal law and its enforcement mechanisms”, Sunday 8 to Friday 20 August 2010.
For further details on the academic programme and …

Landmark Decision on the Eviction of Indigenous People in Kenya

19/04/2010 – 7:24 am | One Comment

The following is a guest post by Michèle Morel, who is a Ph.D. researcher at the Faculty of Law, Ghent University, Belgium. Her Ph.D. deals with the international legal aspects surrounding environmental displacement.
 On February 4, 2010, the African Union adopted the decision by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights issued in May 2009, which ruled in favor of an indigenous group in Kenya.[i] …

Book Review: Democracy Goes to War – British Military Deployments under International Law

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Nigel D. White, Democracy Goes to War – British Military Deployments under International Law (Oxford: OUP, 2009) ISBN-13: 978-0-19-921859-2 
Nigel D. White, Professor of International Law at the University of Sheffield, in this book presents a clear doctrinal narrative on a very sensitive issue of the use of military force and peacekeeping.  The book specifically analyzes the deployment of British troops after the end of WWII …

South North Dialogue on the Al-Bashir Arrest Warrant

17/04/2010 – 10:08 am | Comments Off on South North Dialogue on the Al-Bashir Arrest Warrant

Africa Legal Aid  (ALFA) will be holding a one day conference in The Hague on 26 April 2010,  titled “Al-Bashir Arrest Warrant: The World vs Africa or the African Union vs the People of Africa.” The aim is to explore the South/ North dimensions of the emerging regime of international criminal justice and discuss the views of both proponents and opponents of the actions of the …

Call for papers – Untold Stories: Hidden Histories of War Crimes Trials

13/04/2010 – 3:43 pm | Comments Off on Call for papers – Untold Stories: Hidden Histories of War Crimes Trials

Our friend Kevin Jon Heller is co-organising a two-day symposium on hidden histories of domestic and international war crimes trials. Details are available below:
UNTOLD STORIES: HIDDEN HISTORIES OF WAR CRIMES TRIALS
A two-day international symposium to uncover and explore some of the less well-known war crimes trials, both international and domestic.
Melbourne Law School
15th and 16th October 2010
Presented by The Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law, Melbourne …

Conference on jurisdictional objections in international investment disputes

13/04/2010 – 7:26 am | Comments Off on Conference on jurisdictional objections in international investment disputes

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law is organising the fourteenth Investment Treaty Forum conference which will take place on Friday 7 May 2010 in London.  The aim of the conference is to review and analyse important developments in recent cases on jurisdiction by international investment tribunals. A large number of prominent speakers from academia and practice will discuss how and why recent cases …

Establishment of a Marine Protected Area in the British Indian Ocean Territory – environment v human rights

02/04/2010 – 8:25 am | One Comment

The British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) is composed of a group of low-lying islands situated in middle of the Indian Ocean. The largest of the islands, Diego Garcia, is only 30 km2 in area.  The islands are subject to British control, although sovereignty over the islands is also claimed by Mauritius.  The British Government entered into an agreement with the United States in 1965 to …